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Navanidhi are the nine divine treasures, which are in possession of Kubera, the treasurer of Devas.

They are: Padmaraga (ruby) Mahapadma (lotus) Shankha (conch) Makara (crocodile) Kacchapa (tortoise) Mukunda (jasmine) Nanda (delight) Nila (sapphire) and Kharva (innumerable).
It is not exactly sure what these nine items symbolize. Scholars are of the view that they refer to nine precious gems or reveal the quantity of all kinds of treasures that Kubera possess.

Dhana Lakshmi – Dhanalakshmi

Dhan Lakshmi, or Dhanalakshmi, is one of the manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi and in this form she symbolizes material wealth. Although Goddess Lakshmi has numerous other attributes and symbolisms but this is most popular form of Goddess Lakshmi for majority of people in today’s world. The story of Dhana Lakshmi and the power of material wealth is closely associated with the story of Goddess Padmavati and Lord Balaji (Venkateswara).
Legend has it that once Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu had some quarrel and in anger Goddess Lakshmi left Vaikunta and came and resided on earth as Goddess Padmavati. Soon Lord Vishnu came in search of her and resided on earth as a forest dweller. Goddess Padmavati was now the daughter of a rich king. Soon Vishnu and Goddess Padmavati met. He wanted to marry her but a poor forest dweller did not have the wealth to make the daughter of a king his wife.
Finally, it is said that Lord Vishnu took loan from Kubera, the treasurer of Gods. Kubera agreed to hel…

Significance of Sankashti and Vinayaki Chaturthi - Importance of Chaturthi Fasting for Ganesha

The fourth day after new moon and fourth day after full moon in the Hindu calendar is observed as Chaturthi and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Most people must be aware of only the Ganesh Chaturti festival that takes place in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). But there are two Chaturthis in a month – Sankashti and Vinayaki – and staunch Ganesha devotees observe a fast on the Chaturthi after full moon and this is considered very important.

The monthly Chaturti day which falls after full moon in which a fast (fasting) is observed is known as Sankashti Chaturthi. The fast ends on the day after moonrise. Special Ganesh pujas are done in the evening.

The monthly Chaturthi after Amavasi or new moon is known as Vinayaki Chaturthi.

When Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday, it is known as Angaraki Chatutrhi and it is considered highly auspicious.

The benefits of Chaturthi fasting include material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The importance of Chaturthi vrat w…

Palakapya – Author of Hastyayurveda – The Text Deals with Health of Elephants

Palakapya is the author of well known Ayurveda text which deals with the health of elephants. Legend has it that Palakapya was the son of Sage Samagayana and a female elephant, which had accidently drunk the sage’s urine containing his semen. He is believed to be an incarnation of Dhanvantari and lived on the banks of Brahmaputra River.

Hastyayurveda Text is a comprehensive work on elephant medicine. The text is partly in prose and partly in verse. It is in the form of a dialogue between the Asga King Romapada and Palakapya. The exact date of the text is unknown.

The text is divided into four sections
Major ailmentsMinor ailmentsSurgical treatment andDetailed treatment of some topics like anatomy, physiology, seasonal changes and the frenzied behavior of elephants. The text is also known as Gajayurveda.

Wisdom of Jagadguru Pujya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

One must not keep a long face, wear a scowl or keep lamenting one’s hardships. If you lose your cool you will be a burden to yourself as well as to others.

Anayasa is a great virtue. Anayasa means not to feel any mental strain.

Obstacles, inevitable to any work or enterprise, must not cause you any mental strain. You must not feel any duty to be a burden and must develop the attitude that everything happens according to the will of the Lord.

Purity is to be maintained in all matters such as bathing, dress, food etc. Cleanliness makes you happy and it even appeases your hunger. To see a clean person is to feel ourselves clean.

Heart burning caused by another man’s prosperity or status is jealousy. We ought to have love and compassion for all and ought to be patient and forgiving even towards those who do us wrong.
We must not envy people their higher status even if they be less deserving of it that we are, and at the same time, must be mature enough to regard their better position as…